Code4Lib Journal: new issue 6 now available

Editorial Introduction - Issue 6
Christine Schwartz

The intelligent use of technology in libraries continues to be one of our most crucial challenges. For those of us who became librarians because we loved to explore the book stacks, we are now finding new ways to explore both old and new content in digital form. With issue 6 of the Code4Lib Journal we hope you will find new ways to explore, experiment, and bring to your library users what they want and need.


See you next year in Asheville

Congratulations to Asheville, North Carolina for being voted as the host city for Code4Lib 2010. Thanks go to all who voted and to all the sites that submitted a proposal as all would have been excellent locations.

Code4Lib 2009 Lightning Talks

Lightning talks on are scheduled on all three days of the conference. A lightning talk is a fast paced 5 minute talk on a topic of your choosing. If you'd like to do a lightning talk please add your name and topic to the flipchart that will be available at the conference. You can do more than one if you want, but if the slots fill up (there are 39 of them) you might have to choose which one you want to do.

Mark Jason Dominus has a nice page about lightning talks, which includes this summary of why you might want to do one:

Maybe you've never given a talk before, and you'd like to start small. For a Lightning Talk, you don't need to make slides, and if you do decide to make slides, you only need to make three.

Maybe you're nervous and you're afraid you'll mess up. It's a lot easier to plan and deliver a five minute talk than it is to deliver a long talk. And if you do mess up, at least the painful part will be over quickly.

Maybe you don't have much to say. Maybe you just want to ask a question, or invite people to help you with your project, or boast about something you did, or tell a short cautionary story. These things are all interesting and worth talking about, but there might not be enough to say about them to fill up thirty minutes.

Maybe you have a lot of things to say, and you're already going to give a long talk on one of them, and you don't want to hog the spotlight. There's nothing wrong with giving several Lightning Talks. Hey, they're only five minutes.

You might also like Mark Fowler's's Advice for Giving a Lightning Talk

See 2008 Lightning Talks.
2007 Lightning Talks.
2006 Lightning Talks.

Email Roy Tennant with presentation files and/or corrections to this page.

Tuesday, February 24, [QuickTime Video] [Internet Archive Video]

  1. The eXtensible Catalog Project [Slides in PPT], David Lindahl
  2. Scriblio: Social Library System, Casey Durfee
  3., Mark Matienzo
  4. E-Matrix: An [open source] ERM, [Slides in PPT],
    Emily Lynema
  5. Alex 4: Yet Aneother Incarnation, Eric Morgan
  6. CrossRef, Geoffrey Bilder
  7. Summon, John Law
  8. LucidFind, Erik Hatcher
  9. Making Distributed Configuration Simple with the TORUS [Slides in PPT], Mike Taylor
  10. TORUS Implemented, Jakub Skoczen [Slides in PDF]
  11. Zoia's FOAF Support, Michael Klein and Jonathan Brinley
  12. Biblio, Andrew Ashton
  13. SearchWorks (VUFind), Naomi Dushay
  14. Zoom Zoom Zoom, Mike Beccaria
  15. The BagIt File Package Format, Dan Chudnov

Wednesday, February 25, [QuickTime Video] [Internet Archive Video]

  1. Build A Connector Online Now : the Connector Framework Firefox extension / Mike Taylor (IndexData)
  2. Code4Lib Annual Award for Some Sort of Good Software (that should probably be open source) / Eric Lease Morgan
  3. WordPress Extensions for Research Guides/Blogs / Katherine Lynch (Drexel University Libraries) [Slides in PDF]
  4. Flash (SSDs are gonna save everyone of us) / Toke Eskildsen [Slides in PDF]
  5. AutoIt for fun and profit / Becky Yoose (Miami University...of Ohio) [Slides in PDF]
  6. (Reprise) Flash (SSDs are gonna save everyone of us) / Toke Eskildsen
  7. Deliver you EAD – maybe without XSLT, or XML, or ...? : A work in progress / Terry Catapano & Joanna DiPasquale [Slides in PDF]
  8. Data farmimg / Ray Schwartz (William Harrison University)
  9. Heckle me / Chick Markley (Emory University) [Slides in PDF]
  10. Hathi Trust and Terrabyte Scale Solr / Tom Burton-West [Web site - Large-Scale Search Report]
  11. Hacking Hathi / Roy Tennant [Web site]
  12. ALIAS / Mark Sullivan (SUNY Geneseo) [Slides in PDF]
  13. Visualizing Usage Data / Jason Casden (NCSU) [Slides in PDF]
  14. DLF ILS-BDI API (etc) / Emily Lynema (NCSU) [Slides in PDF]
  15. More Summon / John Law (Serials Solutions)
  16. SALT Project / Chris Fitzpatrick (Stanford University)

Thursday, February 26, [QuickTime Video] [Internet Archive Video]

  1. / Chris Morgan
  2. Extracting data from III with Expect / Ross Shanley-Roberts [Slides in PDF]
  3. Amazon Web Services: EC2 / Rosalyn Metz [Blog post with screencast]
  4. Xpattern matcher / Heikki Levanto
  5. Summa / Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen
  6. Umlaut / Jonathan Rochkind
  7. Open Catalogue Crawling Protocol (OCCP) / Richard Wallis
  8. Cool URIs / Xiaoming Liu [Slides in PDF]
  9. Zero to MC in Four Years / Jay Luker [Slides in PDF]

code4lib2010 venue voting

code4lib2010 venue voting has begun and will close 4:30 PM EST on Wednesday, February 25th.

Code4Lib Logo Debuts

The ad hoc Code4Lib Logo committee (Ranti Junus, Emily Molanphy and Roy Tennant) is pleased to announce the new Code4Lib logo designed by Stephanie Brinley of Adelie Design. The logo web page links to all the various derivatives and versions, as well as guidelines for use. Those who are curious about the process can read about it at the logo design process page.

Code4Lib 2009 Breakout Sessions

Those interested in the same project/problem can hang out in a space together for 70 minute blocks. Generally the person who suggests the topic will take on the role as moderator to begin and moderate the discussion. Anyone can propose a breakout session - please think about whether you would want a session to be held on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the order of talks and who you hope will attend. There are five rooms available each day, including the large meeting room, and we will route different proposed sessions to the different rooms depending on a quick show-of-hands survey just before each one begins.

This page will list any sessions proposed before the conference itself, but there will also be flip charts outside the meeting room where more sessions can be proposed.

Tuesday breakout sessions

  • Plone/Zope
  • OCLC Grid Services - Don Hamparian
  • Jangle

Wednesday breakout sessions

  • Summon

If you have an idea for a breakout topic, you can add it here or email


Blacklight - Blacklight Team
Get out your glow in the dark necklaces, let's party!
Drupal - Cary Gordon
I am open to doing this any time on the 24th or 25th, or possibly over lunch on the 26th.
Jangle - Ross Singer
More in-depth how to make Jangle connectors and how to use Jangliflied data in other applications. Also brainstorming on what would be good candidates to target development on as well as a general gauge of interest in participation.
Summon - Andrew Nagy
A view of the Serials Solutions's Summon Service and it's API

Call for Code4Lib 2010 Hosting Proposals

The Code4Lib Conference Planning Group is putting out a call for proposals to host the 2010 Code4Lib Conference. Information on the kind of venue we seek and the delineation of responsibilities between the host organization and the Planning Group can be found at the conference hosting web page.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, February 12, 2009. The decision will be made over the course of the following weeks by a popular vote. Voting will begin on Thursday, February 19th and will continue through the first three days of Code4Lib 2009 until 11:59PM Pacific on Wednesday, February 25th. The results of the vote will be announced on Thursday, February 26th, the final day of Code4Lib 2009. You can apply by making your pitch to the Code4Lib Conference Planning list; attention to the criteria listed on the conference hosting page is appreciated. May the best site win!

2009 Code4lib Scholarship Recipients

Brown University and Oregon State University are proud to announce the recipients of the four 2009 Code4lib Conference Gender Diversity and Minority Scholarships.

Lauren Ko is the recipient of one of the 2009 Code4lib Gender Diversity Scholarships. Lauren has a BA in Computer Science and a recent (2008) Master's in Information Sciences. She is currently Web Archiving Programmer at the University of North Texas Libraries.

Joanna DiPasquale is the recipient of one of the 2009 Code4lib Gender Diversity Scholarships. Joanna is a Web Developer at Columbia University Libraries. She has undergraduate degrees in Applied Mathematics and History and is currently pursuing an MLS at Rutgers University.

Andreas Orphanides is the recipient of one of the 2009 Code4lib Minority Scholarships. Andreas is a Libraries Fellow at North Carolina State University Libraries. He has a BA in Mathematics from Oberlin and a recent (2008) MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Yu-Jie Chen is the recipient of one of the 2009 Code4lib Minority Scholarships. Yu-Jie is Integrated Library Systems Librarian at Loudoun County Public Library in Leesburg, VA. She has a BA in English and History from National Chnegchi University and an MLS from University of Maryland.

Code4lib 2009 T-shirt Design Contest

And the winner is ...

Submission #13, Design by Yohanes Sandy (About the design)

The designs are in! VOTE VOTE VOTE for your favorites before January 31, 2009 11:59 PM EST!

The design is for the front of the t-shirt, with a one-color printing. Designs were accepted by until Monday, January 19th.

Designs from previous years:

2009 Submissions:
Original submission files are linked with "Submission #" and at the bottom of this page.

Submission #1A, Design by Genny Engel

Submission #1B, Design by Genny Engel

Submission #2, Design by Kevin S. Clarke

Submission #3, Design by Kevin S. Clarke

Submission #4A, Design by Kevin S. Clarke

Submission #4B, Design by Kevin S. Clarke

Submission #4C, Design by Kevin S. Clarke

Submission #5, Design by Kevin S. Clarke

Submission #6, Design by Kevin S. Clarke

Submission #7A, Design by Kent R. Duque

Submission #7B, Design by Kent R. Duque

Submission #8, Design by Devon Smith

Submission #9, Design by Ethan Gruber

Submission #10, Design by Sean Hannan
View full size for the intended effect.

Submission #11A, Design by Gianluca Drago

Submission #11B, Design by Gianluca Drago

Submission #12A, Design by Lorenzo Drago, 11-year-old son of Gianluca Drago

Submission #12B, Design by Lorenzo Drago, 11-year-old son of Gianluca Drago

Submission #13, Design by Yohanes Sandy (About the design)

Submission #14, Design by Jon Gorman


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